Libya dismantles human traffic network
16 March 2012, 07:30
Benghazi - Libyan security forces said on Thursday they had
dismantled a human trafficking network smuggling illegal immigrants from
Bangladesh and Somalia.
Hussein al-Sahli, who headed the
investigation, said five members of the network were arrested at a farm
on the outskirts of the eastern city of Benghazi, where 52 people were
being held captive.
"The network was bringing illegal immigrants
across the Egyptian-Libyan border with the help of Libyan drivers and
the owner of the farm," he said.
The gang lured its victims with promises of safe passage and
employment opportunities in the North African nation only to kidnap them
in the hope of obtaining ransom payments from their relatives, he
The ring leader, a Bangladeshi, confessed to bringing more
than 200 illegal immigrants from his country in the past three months.
Sahli said the Libyan farmer would pay the smugglers to use the Somalis as slaves.
years, Libya has been a destination and a transit country to European
shores for hundreds of thousands of African immigrants.